Blockchain for Government Organizations: Past, Present, and Future

Call for papers for: Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing

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Author Submission Deadline: 31 August 2021


Blockchain allows the secure sharing of business processes (contracts, business records, business activities, or other records) between companies and partners (business peer network) in an encrypted manner. As information or records from a business or partner is created (call it an event, transaction, or element), those events are added to a growing chain of events that are all secure and encrypted. In other words, it is a global network consisting of blocks of data/ transactions and distributed globally to users. The data blocks can contain any kind of information/ data based on the application of the blockchain. This digital ledger is a peer-to-peer network that works on consensus algorithms (every transaction needs a majority of the users to verify every transaction) and removes the reliance on external or internal sources to validate the authenticity of the records/ data/ information. Thus, blockchain technology (BCT) helps in improving operational performance of firms. The blockchain decentralizes the database (data is not stored by a single user or at a single location), leaving no central/ focal points that can be hacked or breached into. This makes BCT highly secure and is therefore rated highest when it comes data transfers and security.

The finance industry and the finance function in organizations have leveraged the blockchain in the best way. Smart contracts, digital payments through cryptocurrency, higher levels of security and non-corruptibility and its record-keeping abilities make the blockchain technology useful for finance functions and the industry. Another industry that has started to harness the power of BCT is the supply chain management sector. Top multinational retail chain, Walmart, is leveraging the technology to infuse efficiency to its supply chain. Maersk, global logistics major, is leveraging this technology in its shipping solution that infuses transparency into the international trade-related activities including the safe transmission of supply chain documents. There is a need for transparency, accountability and real-time tracking to ensure that the processes are on-track and on-budget. Blockchain technology is helping supply chain management on these fronts.

With the voluminous data that gets stored in the blockchain, it is obvious that it is easier to analyze the data and unearth deeper insights and make smarter predictions. Thus, data driven BCT has helped firms to gain competitiveness in the market. However, very few research papers have discussed the applications of BCT in government organizations and in improving the operational efficiency of government bodies. It becomes also important to trace the past and present of BCT which will help us understand the applicability in other potential area of research and/or applicability.

The growth of blockchain in businesses and organizations have recently gained pace. The successful implementation and adoption of this technology has also inspired organizations to invest in it. However, unlike any technology, there are risks and rewards in the process of deciding to invest in BCT. A clear understanding of key elements and applications of BCT in organizations from the lens of empirical papers, review papers and practitioners driven case studies/modelling papers is important to explore the critical factors for success and failure. The Special Issue aims at publishing papers written on the topics listed as under using one or more of the mentioned methodologies.

Paper types

Empirical Papers - contribute towards theory development and theory extension in one or more applied fields . The authors are expected to propose new and improved theoretical models that have not been tested earlier in the context of government bodies for their internal and external processes.

Review Papers – Review papers tend to include both quantitative (i.e., meta-analytic, systematic reviews) and narrative or more qualitative components; together, they provide platforms for new conceptual frameworks, reveal inconsistencies in the extant body of research, synthesize diverse results, and generally give other scholars a “state-of-the-art” snapshot of a domain.

Case Study and Modelling Papers– This section invites authors to contribute to the body of knowledge of e-commerce and technology advancements from the viewpoint of government organizations. Submissions using approaches like case studies, mathematical modelling and simulations are welcome. The authors should not present hypothetical cases in the manuscript until they are validated by real time data.

Potential topics

•           Blockchain in Settlements/Payments

•           Blockchain in Smart Contracts

•           Blockchain for coordinating between inter and intra government organizations

•           Blockchain and Internet of Things

•           Data Analytics and Blockchain Technologies

•           Blockchain in Healthcare industry

•           Trust and Collaboration in Blockchain Technologies

•           Blockchain architecture and data security

•           Interoperability between blockchain solutions

•           Role of Information Quality in Blockchain technologies

•           Application of Blockchain in MSME sector

•           Global governance between countries using blockchain technology

We also invite business researchers from different domains and specializations to submit their study in any one area or an interdisciplinary area catering to the theme of the Special Issue.

Submission procedures

Submissions to the special issue should be sent electronically through the “Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing”  ScholarOne System.  The manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines for authors given in the website of the journal “Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing”:

Authors need to clearly indicate in their submission information and letter that their manuscript is for the Special Issue on “Blockchain for Government Organizations: Past, Present, and Future” All submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process followed by “Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing” Journal. All manuscripts must be original, unpublished works that are not concurrently under review for publication elsewhere. Questions about this special issue may be directed to the guest editors.

Interested authors are welcome to discuss their research ideas in the form of an extended abstract by contacting the guest editors. The abstract should be written keeping in mind the style of Emerald. The idea of proposing an abstract is share preliminary feedback to the interested authors.

Please view author guidelines here:

For any questions, interested authors can contact the corresponding guest editor:

Abhishek Behl; [email protected]

Guest Editors

Abhishek Behl, O P Jindal Global University, India ([email protected])

Angappa Gunasekaran, California State University, USA ([email protected])

Rajesh Singh, Management Development Institute, India ([email protected])

Sachin Kamble, EDHEC Business School, France ([email protected])